Alec Jeffreys and Genetic Fingerprinting
In 1984, Alec Jeffreys discovered the technique of genetic fingerprinting in a laboratory in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester. Twenty five years later, in 2009, Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys still conducts his research in the same Department - and teaches there too.
This anniversary website collects together interviews and information about Sir Alec's life and work.
This interview provides a good overview of Professor Jeffreys' life and work, including both biographical and scientific information.
In this interview, Professor Jeffreys explains the importance of the short sequences within DNA which can be used to track mutation and recombination, the two ways that DNA is able to vary itself.
An interview concentrating on Professor Jeffreys' current and future work.
Text of a speech given by Professor Jeffreys in 2000, describing the history of the field in which he works, from the discovery of blood groups in 1900 to his own work on the legacy of Chernobyl.
Bullet-point guide to the key facts DNA, genetic fingerprinting and genetic profiling.
A brief overview of what is involved.
Important dates from 1977 to the present.
Professor Jeffreys was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science at the University of Leicester in July 2004.
Within the University of Leicester and beyond.